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Scots Feils: “The Great Wall of Vagina”

March 22, 2013

A few weeks ago, I was given a link to an art exhibit featuring- you guessed it- vaginas.

The Europe based exhibit donned “The Great Wall of Vagina” was created by English artist Jamie McCartney, with the mantra “changing female body image through art.”

The thirty foot structure consists of 400 plaster casts of female vulvas, displayed on ten large panels. According to the exhibit’s website, “The Great Wall of Vagina has enticed women from many different countries and all walks of life to volunteer to be cast by McCartney in an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the project.”

The 400 volunteers include women ranging from 18-76 years old, with mothers and daughters, identical twins, transgendered men and women, a woman pre and post natal and pre and post labiaplasty patients anonymously sharing their lady parts for the cause.

“For many women their genital appearance is a source of anxiety and I was in a unique position to do something about that,” said McCartney on his site.

With the rise in cosmetic labial surgeries, such as labiaplasty, the art exhibit is a blatant stand against the growing idea of a “perfect” vagina. It instead showcases the beautiful, diverse lady parts, we, as females possess.

The most interesting part of this exhibit- McCartney is a male artist. I find it to be an absolute inspiration that a male artist is joining in the fight against female negative body image and has created a piece to educate people on what “normal women really look like.”

Sadly, the art exhibit may not make it the United States, but the concept can still inspire women everywhere to love their bodies, including their lady parts.

So let’s continue to celebrate womanhood and embrace our bodies, no matter the size or shape.

Braunwyn Feil
Sports editor

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